Frank Lampard and Tammy Abraham in Chelsea training

Tammy Abraham was abused on social media after missing a penalty for Chelsea.


Tammy Abraham talked about the impact of the racist abuse he suffered following last month’s Super Cup defeat and how the behaviour of the people at the club, especially Frank Lampard and other Chelsea players, helped him overcome a tough situation.

Tammy Abraham’s mother was reduced to tears by the racist abuse he received in the wake of the UEFA Super Cup final

Abraham missed the decisive kick in a penalty shootout which handed Liverpool glory in Istanbul last month and the 21-year-old was subjected to vile abuse on social media.

“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears,” Abraham said in an interview with CNN.

“She was just thinking, ‘Why him’. It’s obviously not nice, seeing your son getting abused.

“For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.”

Abraham was left devastated by the penalty miss, which cost his side a trophy, but it did not take long for it to get much worse.

Abraham’s missed penalty resulted in him receiving racist abuse
Abraham’s missed penalty resulted in him receiving racist abuse

“I was sat in the changing room straight after the game and went on my phone,” he added.

“I wasn’t going to shy away from the situation, although saying that I did have some supportive messages. The other side is not nice to hear. The first time I heard I was sat in the dressing room.”

The 6ft 3in striker revealed the penalty miss was tough to endure but the support from everyone at Chelsea after the incident was exactly what he needed.

“I went through a lot of emotion I would say after the penalty miss.

“I had experience of taking penalties last season, big ones as well. Everyone misses penalties. To miss the penalty I was devastated and I had a lot of abuse after.

Tammy Abraham bounced back from Super Cup defeat by scoring twice as Frank Lampard’s side won 3-2 at Norwich
Tammy Abraham bounced back from Super Cup defeat by scoring twice as Frank Lampard’s side won 3-2 at Norwich

“(Manager) Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder lifting me up, the boys as well, it was like I never missed with the way they supported me and lifted me up and that is exactly what I needed.”

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